Media Mornings: Wed, Apr 17 — Joey Hartman (VDLC), Gerry Kent (Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association), Dr Joerg Bohlmann, (UBC), Dr Allan Carroll (UBC)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Conversations about the Provincial Election and key issues for the labour movement and education. Plus new discoveries about the mountain pine beetle.

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Rally to Protect Public Education - March 7, 2012 photo-
Rally to Protect Public Education – March 7, 2012 photo-
  • Gerry Kent, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association, discusses the Provincial Government’s underfunding of public education, corporate intrusion, collective bargaining, and why Vancouver Elementary School Teachers are supporting a political party (NDP) for the very first time.
  • This month, a team of researchers at UBC published the draft of the mountain pine beetle genome.  Our science contributor Maayan Kreitzman talks with the leader of this research team – Dr Joerg Bohlmann, from UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, as well as Dr Allan Carroll, of the UBC forestry department about what this means for the environment, forestry, and scientific study.

  • News Headlines:
  • Pivot Legal Society will be holding a press conference this morning to announce the release of “Know Your Rights” cards for people interacting with private security guards. The publication of the cards comes after years of conflict between private security guards and marginalized people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The cards will help residents better understand their rights and what they can do when their rights have been violated.

  • The first poll released as the provincial election begins suggests that the New Democrats have a 17-point lead on the governing BC Liberals. Some 61 per cent of respondents in the Angus Reid poll agreed that it’s time to elect a different party. – The Tyee

  • However, just as the campaign officially kicked off, NDP leader Adrian Dix accepted the resignation of the party’s candidate in Kelowna-Mission over comments she made in an online forum about First Nations people. The Tyee’s Andrew Macleod reports that the BC Liberals first raised the issue of Dayleen Van Ryswyk’s comments in a news release yesterday morning. The quotes were widely seen as reflecting racist attitudes towards First Nations people and Francophones.

  • Statistics Canada reports that job vacancies across the country have fallen dramatically to 200,000 at the start of this year, meaning there were 6.5 unemployed workers chasing each opening.The number of job vacancies for January was down by 22,000 from a year earlier, according to Julian Beltrame of the Canadian Press.

  • Venezuela’s post-election crisis is growing deeper, according to reports from RT News and other media sources. Seven people were killed during initial clashes between the opposition and police, and over sixty more injured.The deaths occurred on Monday, when hundreds of protesters blocked streets, burned tires and fought with security forces in various parts of Caracas and other cities.The fatalities include two people shot by opposition sympathizers while celebrating Maduro’s victory, state media reported. According to President-elect Nicolas Maduro, who spoke on Venezuelan television yesterday, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles and the U.S. ought to be held responsible for the violent demonstrations.

  • Britain will attempt to dismantle the arms embargo against Syria, so that weapons can be supplied to rebel forces, says UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. The announcement comes after an extremist group fighting the Syrian government pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. – RT News

  • Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. – Huntington Post


  • Music today included: Rita MacNeil – Working Man, Evalyn Parry – She Rides

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